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Issue No. 28 11 - 17 July 2011

Chapel Message

 

Mr Tang Shin YongOur chapel speaker last Wednesday was Mr Tang Shin Yong, the Executive Director of Healthserve. Healthserve is a non-profit community development organization dedicated to serving the interests of migrants, the disadvantaged and poor in the local community, regardless of ethnicity, gender, language and religion. In line with Healthserve’s objective, Shin Yong spoke to us on the topic, “Biblical Perspective of Ministry to Migrants” with Lev 19:33-37 as his point of reference.

He began by making the point that the OT is replete with verses that refer to “aliens” and “strangers”, groups of people who, in our Singapore context, are the equivalent of immigrants or migrant workers. Examples of such texts are Ex 22:21, 23:9 and Deut 27:19 among others. Drawing our attention specifically to Lev 19, Shin Yong pointed out that God had instructed his people to act justly and mercifully towards the aliens that reside in their land. These instructions were not given in a vacuum but were based on Israel’s experience of slavery in Egypt. Israel is not to mistreat aliens in their midst but demonstrate love towards them for the reason that they were once aliens in Egypt (Lev 19:34). Part of what it means to “love him (i.e. the alien) as yourself” (Lev 19:34) is to “use honest scales and honest weights” (Lev 19:35) towards them in all their dealings.

In addition to the OT, the NT is not silent about the treatment of the less fortunate. Citing the parable of the Good Samaritan as a teaching point (Lk 10:25-37), Shin Yong highlighted the possible fears of the priest and Levite that hindered them from extending the hand of assistance. These religious leaders may have decided to avoid the robbed and injured victim for fear of being victims themselves. This may well be a common attitude towards migrant workers among Singaporeans. Yet through the parable, we are reminded to love our neighbor regardless of who they are.

According to Shin Yong, the global phenomenon of migration is occurring at a rapid pace. The estimated rate of migration will increase to 500 million by 2050. In Singapore alone, there are about 800, 000 low wage migrants. Most of them work in construction sites and the shipyard industries, while others work as domestic maids. In the search for a better life elsewhere, these migrants are the ones most susceptible to exploitation and are often victims of injustice. Shin Yong identified four main areas that need to be addressed if we are to advocate for a humane standard of work and living for these workers: (1) sufficient rest; (2) fair wage; (3) just contract; (4) decent living conditions.

In obedience to the teaching of Scripture, Healthserve has taken up the challenge to address the issue of migrant workers in Singapore. In the words of its Executive Director: “we see ourselves as a neighbor to the migrants…Healthserve’s model of community engagement with them follows after the Good Samaritan model. We offer medical, social assistance, legal advice, and food as part of our community outreach.” “The migrants whom we work with in Geylang often tell us that they see the love of God in our actions; and as they feel loved even though they do not understand why we will go to this extent for strangers, they begin to understand the grace of God in Christ for them.” BGST is happy to commend Healthserve to readers of BTW for your prayers and practical support. May Healthserve be employed for the service of humanity to the glory of God.

Chapel News
Dr Ng Peh Cheng will be speaking in our chapel on 20 July 2011. Chapel begins at 12 pm. You are welcome to join us.
Courses Commencing in Term 1 & 2, 2011-2012

APPLIED THEOLOGY
Christian Biography (AT151, 1.5cr);
Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 4; 7.15-10.15pm
Venue: Zion Bishan BP Church
Lecturer: Dr David Wong

Marketplace Theology (MM255, 1.5cr); (Group Tutorial) by Prof Paul Stevens / Tutor: Mr Ben Pwee; Oct 20, 27; 7.15-9.45pm;
Venue: Clarus Centre

BIBLICAL STUDIES
*Biblical Hebrew (BH111, 3cr);
Jul 12, 19, 26, Aug 2, 16, 23, Sep 6, 13, 20, Oct 11, 18, 25, Nov 1, 22, 29, Dec 6; 7.30-9.30pm
Venue: Telok Ayer CMC
Lecturer: Dr Andrew Lee

Biblical Hermeneutics & Interpretation (HE101, 3cr);
Jul 18, 25, Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Sep 12, 19, Oct 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov 14, 21; 7.30-9.35pm
Venue: Thomson Rd Baptist Church
Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite

*Greek Exegesis I (BG 211, 3cr);
Zion Bishan BP Church: Jul 21, 28, Aug 4, 11, 18, 25, Sep 1, 8, 15, 22, Oct 13, 20, 27,
Clarus Centre: Nov 3, 10, 17; 7.30-9.30pm
Lecturer: Mr Quek Tze-Ming (PhD candidate, Uni of Cambridge)

New Testament Foundations I (NT101, 3cr);
Aug 16, 23, Sep 6, 13, 20, Oct 11, 18, 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, 22; 7.15-9.50pm;
Venue: Thomson Rd Baptist Church
Lecturer: Mr Quek Tze-Ming (PhD candidate, Uni of Cambridge)

Understanding Galatians (NT312, 1.5cr);
Aug 5, 12, 19, 26, Sep 2; 7.15-10.15pm
Venue: Clarus Centre
Lecturer: Dr Oh Boon Leong

Old Testament Foundations I (OT101, 3cr);
Aug 5, 12, 19, 26, Sep 2, 9, 16, Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 4; 7.15-9.50pm
Venue: Prinsep St Presbyterian Church
Lecturer: Dr Andrew Lee

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION & SPIRITUAL FORMATION
*Counselling Skills: Working with Adolescents
(ECF516/CO236, 3cr);
(New Dates) Jul 18, 25, Aug 1, 8, 22, 29, Sep 5, 12, 19, 26;
7.15-10.15pm
Venue: Clarus Centre
Lecturer: Rev Song Cheng Hock

*The Counselling’s Skills: Working with Children (ECF515/CO235, 3cr);
(New Dates) July 21, 28, Aug 4, 11, 18, 25, Sep 1, 8, 15, 22; 7.15-10.15pm
Venue: Clarus Centre
Lecturer: Mr Yam Keng Mun

Children’s Spirituality & Ministry Formation (ECF502, 3cr);
Aug 16, 23, Sep 6, 13, 20, Oct 11, 18, 25, Nov 8, 15; 7.15-10.15pm
Venue: Clarus Centre
Lecturer: Dr Ng Peh Cheng

*Scripture Recitation & Story Telling (ECF514, 1.5cr);
Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 4; 7.15-10.15pm
Venue: Clarus Centre
Lecturer: Rev Ng Seng Chuan

Spiritual Retreat Experience: Nature, Purpose, Dynamics (ECF504, 3cr);
Oct 18, 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, 7.15-9.45pm;
Venue: Telok Ayer CMC
Lecturer: Mr John Chong Ser Choon;
Residential Retreat Nov 17-20 (Additional Cost)

THEOLOGICAL STUDIES
Wesley Then & Now: Introduction to the Theology of John Wesley (TS240/CH254, 3cr);
(Group Tutorial);
by Prof Victor Shepherd/Tutor: Dr Edwin Tay;
July 12, 19, 26, Aug 2; 16; 7.15-9.45pm;
Venue: Telok Ayer CMC

Theological Foundations I (TS211, 3cr);
Zion Bishan BP Church: Aug 25, Sep 1, 8,
Clarus Centre: 15, 22, Oct 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, 24;
7.15-9.50pm;
Lecturer: Dr Edwin Tay

The Roots of Christianity: The Wisdom of the Church Fathers for the 21st Century
(CH260/TS281, 3cr);
Zion Bishan BP Church: Sep 12, 19,
Clarus Centre: Oct 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov 14, 21, 28, Dec 5, 12, 19;
7.15- 9.50pm;
Lecturer: Dr Lai Pak Wah

Courses marked with an asterisk are not offered on audit basis.

The course schedule for Semester I, year 2011-2012 is now available. For more information, please visit our website: http://bgst.edu.sg/courses-and-events

Coming Event

3rd annual conference

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TENT 2011 Modules
TENT
Tentmakers Equipping 'N' Training

Religions of Asia
Tues. Aug 2, 16 & 23; 2011 (7.20-10.00pm)
Facilitator: Dr Jeanette Hui

Personal Ministry Skills: Practical Considerations for a Tentmaker’s Ministry
Tues. Sept 6, 13 & 20; 2011 (7.20-10.00pm)
Facilitator: Mr Toh Kai Hua

Tentmakers & Ethical Issues
Sat. Oct 8 & 15; 2011 (9.30-11.30am; 12.00-2.00pm)
Facilitator: A Former Singaporean Tentmaker

Coping with Stress
Tues. Oct 11, 18 & 25; 2011 (7.20-10.00pm)
Facilitator: Mr Yam Keng Mun

 

All TENT courses will be held at 37 Jalan Pemimpin, #06-05 Blk B Clarus Centre (former Union Industrial Building)

For more information on TENT courses, please visit our website: http://www.bgst.edu.sg/courses-and-events/tent

Church-Based Lay Training Modules
2011 Modules offered at
Yishun Christian Church (Anglican)

The Message of the Song of Songs
Wed. Sep 7, 14, 21, 28 (7.30-9.30pm)
Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite

2011 Modules offered at
Mt Carmel Bible-Presbyterian Church

Beginnings: Opening the Gospels
Thu. Sep 1, 8, 15, 22 (7.30-9.30pm)
Lecturer: Mr Quek Tze-Ming

For details about the modules & registrations, please visit:
http://www.bgst.edu.sg/courses-and-events/church-based-lay-training
or contact
 Biblical Graduate School of Theology
Tel: 6227 6815 Fax: 6255 3686

Email: cblt-ycca@bgst.edu.sg (Yishun Christian Church)
cblt-mcbpc@bgst.edu.sg (Mt Carmel BP Church)

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